Dehumidifiers​ 101

Dehumidifiers are one of those appliances that you’ve heard you probably need but honestly aren’t quite sure what it does or if it’s worth it. Since summer is the time of year when these appliances are most in use, we thought we’d give you the scoop on why dehumidifiers are so important both for your home and the people living in it.

First off, let’s explain what a dehumidifier actually is. In the warmer months, when humidity is the name of the game, dehumidifiers do exactly what their name implies. They work sort of like a vacuum or a sponge to remove the excess moisture and humidity from the rooms in your home. But what are the benefits of less moisture in your house?

Here are a few of the top reasons why having a dehumidifier is good for your home:

1- Combats mold and mildew
Excess moisture can cause a buildup of black mold and mildew on walls, ceilings and corners of your home. Not only is this an ugly site but the presence of mold can cause health issues when you inhale the particles of it in the air.

2- Removes that damp, musty smell
Have you ever gone down to your basement on a hot day and something just doesn’t smell right? Likely it’s the buildup of moisture (and possibly mold) in the air. Setting up a dehumidifier in basements or crawl spaces that don’t get a lot of air circulation is a guaranteed way to remove that stale smell. You’ll be shocked by the difference in the air after just a few days of running it.

3- Hinders the growth of dust mites
Though microscopic, dust mites are not something you want to have an overabundance of in your house. These almost-invisible bugs inhabit bedspreads, mattresses, curtains, carpets, rags and every other fabric. While they live in almost every home, they multiply in number if your home is damp ― causing numerous dust mite allergic reactions. Using a dehumidifier would help you get rid of them by more than half.

4- Can save you money
Having a dehumidifier in your home can lower energy costs because it helps your air conditioner run more efficiently. When the air in your home is more humid, the A/C must do the function of cooling the air and removing moisture, which means it has to work harder. This can cause your A/C to wear out sooner, which means you will need to replace and repair it more often.

Better Housekeeping Shop sells a variety of seasonal appliances, including dehumidifiers. Give us a call at 732-741-4310 or stop by our store and take a look at the range of options we have for you!

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